Millstream Back Road Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Back Road StoutMillstream Back Road Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
millstreambrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 'oatmeal' in the name is due the 5% oatmeal in the the grist of this brew. Oats give beer a real thick mouthfeel, something definitely desirable in a stout! Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors. If you like thick full-bodied & smooth stout, this beer is for you!

22 IBU

Added by jt31914 on 06-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
334
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Onenote81
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours s deep dark cola color with a popping fizzy tan head on top. This "pops" away to nothing very quickly. No lacing. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, and warm breads. Decent.

Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for an oatmeal stout. Not as creamy as I would have liked, but not harsh either. Flavor is of mild roasted cocoa, some bready malts, and some faint bitterness. All in all this is a pretty average beer. Not bad, but not that great.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to pour pretty much right down the center to get a few seconds worth of dark tan/almost orange head. Color was about the same as the bottle.

Nose was very full of brown sugar. Other hints included chocolate, coffee, overripe fruits and a metallic/glassy twang.

Flavor is good, better than the smell. Dark sugars and coffee for the most part. A slight bit of fruitiness and oats are present as well.

Feel is pretty full bodied, lots of carbonation, maybe too much IMO. it all settles into a fry finish with a lingering twinge from the carbonation.

This one's got good flavor, but it's not too well rounded, falls into the realm of average.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taxguyjase
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came as part of one of my wife's fantastic beer ofthe month club shipments. When this showed up at the office (and boy, I do enjoy getting beer and wine shipped to the office...really brightens up the day), I was really looking forward to trying some different types of beers, especially of the darker variety. The Millstream Brewing Colony Oatmeal Stout was a good representation of an oatmeal stout. Expect a lot of roasted malt and oat scents and flavor, with some coffee taste included. The color is extremely dark, not allowing a single bit of light through the glass. This beer had a distinctive aftertaste - mostly of alcohol and coffee (which in my book, is a great combo). The flavor really hits in the back of your mouth and throat, making it stick around with each sip.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - I really enjoyed the darkness of the beer - the head was ok, but nothing to write home about.
Scent - 3.5/5.0 - Lots of strong coffee, malt and alcohol aroma. While enjoyable, could have been blended better.
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Strong flavor profile, with lots of coffee taste. The alcohol aftertaste lingered more than I would personally like, but it wasn't offensive.
Feel - 3.0/5.0 - The flavors stuck around longer than I would like after each sip and they weren't blended well enough for my taste.
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - I have a number of other oatmeal stouts that I would rather have. If offered, I would drink again, but not my first choice.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a decently black color. I like black. Black is good. It looks silky when you rotate the body in the glass. One finger of dark khaki head shows up but leaves like it was disinterested in the party.

Pretty average stout in terms of aroma. You've got some milk chocolate, some faint roast, a flutter of oat. Nothing is assertive but there is a welcome balance. The most interesting part of Back Road Stout's nose is a sort of browned raisin scent. It shows up with warmth, and it doesn't really jibe with the rest of the beer.

That same curious browned raisin flavor shows up on the aftertaste. It is interesting, but again, does not really mesh with the well-executed traditional stout flavors. This tastes more like a dry stout than an American stout for the most part, but the mouthfeel screws that up a bit. The beer is pretty dark thick. I quite enjoyed the viscosity and the reassuring oat creaminess. Drinkability is pretty darn good, I'd say. Pleasant flavors and a good mouthfeel make for a drinkable beer.

Millstream is not trying to innovate here. They seem to be committed to making solid, traditional beers for a very local consumer base. If that's what the people of Amana, Iowa want then Millstream seems up to the task of fulfilling that desire. Back Road Stout is a simple reminded that "basic" beers are still something worth appreciating.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep black color with a very slight head on top. Low aroma-some roasted malt and a slight bitter smell. Mellow roasted flavor with some chocolate going on. Slight bittersweet after taste. Ok enough body. A fairly drinkable beer. I am confused by the label stating its a lager but an oatmeal stout. For me it suffers an identity crisis. A notch above average.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a 1 1/2 finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell has coffee, oatmeal, raisins, and some dark chocolate. It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a cup of coffee.Where the chocolate fits in with the rest is what I don't know.

The taste has coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a little caramel. Somewhat sweet, with a good deal of bitterness from the coffee for balance.

Smooth to drink, which is not surprising for an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a bitter finish. I have had better oatmeal stouts, but am always glad to try each oatmeal stout I can find. Worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hits those big black used oil notes with a 1" brown head, looks sharp. Lots of roasted malt aromatics, some booziness.

Hit those chewy roast notes in the taste, mouthfeel was smooth like oatmeal. Caramel creeps in. Some bitterness restrained downbottle.

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Photo of raycoll
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Back Road Oatmeal Stout, 6.7% ABV, 22 IBU. Pours thin, got little head which dissipated quickly, no lacing, nose is slight alcohol and malt. Taste is - not much - mostly malt, almost no bitterness - can actually pick up a slight carbonation twang since no other flavor is covering it. It's not offensive, just not much of anything else either. I'm disappointed since I loved their Raspberry Stout - maybe that is this beer as the base, and the Raspberry is so strong because there are no other distractions. Just OK.

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Photo of Go4aBrew
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Giggy
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Crass3000
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/28/2011

3.5/5 Pours out dark as night with a brown, two-finger head with retention of roughly a minute.

3/5 Smell is dark fruit forward with roasted malts and maybe a little coffee. All the nose is really muted.

3.5/5 Taste is roated malt forward with some dark fruits. I also taste a little chocolate but really no coffee.

4/5 Mouthfeel is almost medium or maybe medium. Fairly nice mouthfeel for a stout with a low ABV like this. It's not an imperial stout.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Coffee in color with a tan head that went away quickly to nothing.

S- Roasted dark chocolate malt with some sweetness

T- Coffee flavor is there for sure with some hints of chocolate bite at the end

M- Fairly thick with mild carbonation

D- Decent offering. For some reason I didn't like the first few drinks but after that it was pretty good. Good full flavor.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Back Road Stout 

Dark murky brown with a sticky tan head. 
Smells roasty, with chocolate and black malt notes.  
Some dry bitterness opens up as this warms, but otherwise this beer is run of the mill...  
Little chalky feel, with some oily action and a dry roasty finish. 
Overall...  This isn't bad, but it isn't really too great either.  
A - 4
S - 3.5
T - 3.5
M - 2.5
D - 3.5

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Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty darn near black with some brown highlights and a thick cocoa head that falls flat pretty quickly.
S- Aroma is mild of dark malt and sweet chocolate. Fairly sweet overall.
T- Quite sweet up front for an oatmeal stout. Sweet chocolate, a bit of cookie, a very light touch of smoke.
M- Smooth, medium body with low carbonation.
O- It's a perfectly fine beer, but not a beer that I'm likely to remember. Fairly tasty but relatively pedestrian.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Colony Oatmeal Stout pours dark brown, like any other stout, with a short-lived tan colored head. Its aroma is warm and comforting, with strong hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is sweet combination of caramel and chocolate. Nice. A strong coffeelike aftertaste fades quickly, earning this brew above average marks in the drinkability category. -- Overall, this is a decent stout and perhaps an excellent introduction for quaffers new to the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You think you know a thing or two about beer, until someone puts a bottle in your hand that reads "Oatmeal Stout Lager." Whodidthewhat? Howdidthehey? Huh.
Appearance: fully black, with a nice, burnt tan head.
Aroma: bitter and roasty, with fruity notes.
Texture is limpid, body and mouthfeel and everything else is light, light, light. Short finish. Drinks down extraordinarily smooth, but ...Actually, I have a hard time criticizing this. I could fault it for lacking the complexity, depth, or flavor of a good oatmeal stout, but it's an oatmeal stout lager. It is what it is. But I'm not sure why it is what it is.
Fruity notes emerge in the middle, and are appreciated.
Not a bad brew at all, but the lack of top-fermenting yeast did not please this stout-fan's palate at all, only left me yearning for a true stout.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, one of the few advantages of having a girlfriend in law school in Iowa ten years ago.
Great dark black (oxymoron) beer with frothy tan head. Aroma was a little more alcohol than I liked, but the deep rich and roasted malt also came out nicely with it.

Taste, definitely chewy, and the alcohol was no longer as omniprescient (sic) as it was in the aroma. Came off as smooth. More coffee and caramel to it than chocolate. The mouthfeel did develop a little more bitterness than usual with the use of oats, but I guess when you have a coffee feel, you're gonna get some bitterness usually.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this one wasnt great. the flavors are there for me for the most part, but it seems like the overall quality is a little low. this has no reason to pour dead flat from the bottle, none at all, and yet here it is in front of me, almost entirely still, what gives? it looks thick enough and is nice and matte black, but where is the life? some bitter roasted malt to this, its intense for a second in both nose and taste, with a burnt coffee vibe and a little bit of earthy dark cocoa. i really like the flavor and texture provided by the oats, but the lack of carbonation is a real issue for me, there is nothing to propel this beer forward, wash away the bitterness, and keep it working with food, so it sort of stagnates for me, which is unflattering, and its worse as it warms. the dark malt flavor is good, and there is even a bittering hop complexion to this, but the saggy mouthfeel ends up being a deal breaker for me. i had higher hopes for this, finding it on a bottle list at a fine dining establishment, you would expect more in a place where everything else is so attentively curated...

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Photo of RBorsato
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky black with absolutely no head but has fizzy bubbly American Macro Lager carbonation ... strange but maybe not so considering it's a lager yeast... Dark roasty black patent malt aroma and taste; bittersweet dark chocolate and strong overbrewed black coffee character. Medium bodied with a strong dry roasty finish.

It's my opinion that the Lager yeast fails this one badly... more like a strong Dunkel.

Per Millstream website:
O.G. 15.5° Plato
F.G. 6.3° Plato
22 IBU
48 SRM
5.1% alcohol by volume
100% Briess Malt
2row Brewers Malt, Caramel 80L, Bonlander Munich, Chocolate Malt, Flaked Oats (10%), Black Malt, Roast Barley, and Red Wheat.
Tettenang, Hersbrucker, and Northern Brewer Hops

Best By(?): Feb notched on side ('04' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 04/14/05

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Photo of gford217
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tedpeer poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown that appears black in the glass with mahogany tints around the edges. The head is small but dense and fades quickly leaving only hints of lacing. The smell is dominated by dark roasted malts, chocolate and burnt coffee. The taste is not quite as distinctive as the smell but does have a little more sweetness in the form of molasses up front. Then it's more of the roasted coffee and malts with a slightly bitter coffee finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin for the style. This is a very drinkable stout though I'm not sure what the lager label is about. Either way, nothing distinctive but not too bad.

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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